Canadian music icon Neil Young is doing a one-time “comes home” acoustic concert next Friday (Dec. 1) at 8 p.m. (ET) called Somewhere In Canada, in a yet-to-be-determined venue with a capacity of about 200. The 72-year-old singer-songwriter was born in Toronto, but spent some teen years in Winnipeg where he started his first band. He returned to Toronto in the mid-60s for a spell before relocating to the U.S. in the late 60s.
Somewhere In Canada is being produced by Bell Media and directed by Young’s girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah, in partnership with his Shakey Pictures. It will be live streamed in Canada on CTV.ca and iHeartRadio’s Secret Sessions, and worldwide on Facebook.
There are reportedly holds on a number of venues across the country that Young is fond of; he will select one sometime this week. In keeping with an acoustic campfire vibe, the venue will likely have couches and chairs for a cozy, intimate setting, making the “secret session” truly special, according to a release announcing the show.
In late September, the musical icon was in Toronto with Hannah for his induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The date coincides with the release of Young’s new studio album, The Visitor, on which he is backed by American rock band Promise of the Real and marks the launch of NYA – The Neil Young Archives, a chronological collection of his entire recorded music, films, videos and books, audio streaming in “master quality,” via his new hi-fi streaming service, Xstream by NYA, which he announced in August. The technology was developed in partnership with Singapore’s Orastream.
“Unlike all other streaming services that are limited to playing at a single low or moderate resolution, Xstream plays at the highest quality your network condition allows at that moment and adapts as the network conditions change,” Young wrote at the time on Pono, the digital player and download service he founded in 2012.
“It’s a single high resolution, bit-perfect file that essentially compresses as needed to never stop playing. As a result, it always sounds better than the other streaming services and it never stops or buffers like other higher res services.”